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Solo 5100 
Multimedia 
Notebook 



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In the interest of continued product development, Gateway 2000 reserves the 
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Trademark Acknowledgments 

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GW2K, HandBook, TelePath, Vivitron, stylized "G" design, and motto "You've 
got a friend in the business" are registered trademarks and EZ Pad, Family PC, 
and Gateway Solo are trademarks of Gateway 2000, Inc. Intel, Intel Inside logo, 
and Pentium are registered trademarks and MMX is a trademark of Intel 
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registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. All other product names 
mentioned herein are used for identification purposes only, and may be the 
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Communications 
Commission warns the 
users that changes or 
modifications to the unit not 
expressly approved by the 
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compliance could void the 
user's authority to operate 
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Canadian Users: 



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Regulatory Compliance Statements 

This device has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B 
digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC rules. These limits are designed to 
provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential 
installation. This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy 
and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause 
harmful interference to radio or television reception. However, there is no 
guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this 
equipment does cause interference to radio and television reception, which can be 
determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to 
correct the interference by one or more of the following measures: 

Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna 
Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver 

Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which 
the receiver is connected 

Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help. 

Accessories: This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits 
of a Class B digital device. The accessory associated with this equipment is the 
shielded power cord. 

This accessory is required to be used in order to ensure compliance with FCC rules. 



This digital apparatus does not exceed the Class B limits for radio noise emissions 
from digital apparatus as set out in the radio interference regulations of Industry 
Canada. 

Le present appareil numerique n'emet pas de bruits radioelectriques depassant les 
limites applicables aux appareils numeriques de Classe B prescrites dans le 
reglement sur le brouillage radioelectrique edicte par Industrie Canada 

Attention! 

Couper le courant avant I'entretien. 



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This Information Technology Equipment has been tested and found to comply with 
the following European directives: 

[i]EMC Directive 89/336/EEC amending directive 92/31/EEC & 93/68/EEC as per 

-EN 50081-1:1992 according to 

EN 55022:1995 Class B 

EN 61000-3-2: 1995 or EN 60555-2: 1986 

EN 61000-3-3: 1995 

-EN50082-1 : 1992 according to 

EN 61000-4-2:1995 or IEC 801-2:1984 

ENV 50140: 1994 or IEC 801-3:1984 

EN 61000-4-4:1988 or IEC 801-4:1998 

[ii]Low Voltage Directive (Safety) 73/23/EEC as per EN 60950: 1992 

This equipment is in the Class 2 category (Information Technology Equipment to 
be used in a residential area or an adjacent area thereto) and conforms to the 
standards set by the Voluntary Control Council for Interference by Information 
Technology Equipment aimed at preventing radio interference in such residential 
area. 

When used near a radio or TV receiver, it may become the cause of radio 
interference. Read instructions for correct handling. 

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This device has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B 
digital device, pursuant to the Australian/New Zealand standard AS/NZS 3548 set 
out by the Spectrum Management Agency. 



Caution! 

Disconnect power before servicing. 



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Contents 



Regulatory Compliance Statements ii 

Chapter 1: Checking Out Your System 7 

Checking Out Your System 8 

Chapter 2: Getting Started 11 

Getting Started 12 

Connecting AC power 12 

Powering up your notebook 13 

LCD Display 15 

Keyboard 16 

EZ Pad Plus Pointing Device 22 

Windows 95 24 

Chapter 3: Using Your System 27 

Using Your System 28 

Battery Pack Bay 28 

Option Bay 30 

Swapping modules 31 

External Floppy Disk Drive 32 

Removing and replacing the hard drive 32 

Playing an Audio CD 35 

Built-in audio features 37 

PC Cards 43 

About CardBus 44 

Chapter 4: Connecting Ports and Peripherals 47 

Connecting Ports and Peripherals 48 

Audio connectors 48 

Composite Video Out port (NTSC) 49 

USB (Universal Serial Bus) port 50 

Fast IR port 51 

External computer monitor 52 

External mouse/keyboard 52 

Printers 53 



Chapter 5: Managing Power Consumption 55 

Managing Power Consumption 56 

Batteries 56 

Power menu 57 

Appendix A: Docking Solutions 62 

Gateway Solo mini-docking station 62 

Gateway Solo docking station 63 

Appendix B: Contacting Gateway 66 

Calling Gateway 66 

Calling Gateway when outside the U.S 66 



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Checking Out 
Your System 




Contents 



Checking Out Your System . 



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Checking Out Your System 

Take a quick tour of your notebook to familiarize yourself with the options 
available. 



PC Card 
slots 



Audio 
Ports 



Keyboard and LCD panel 



Hard disk drive 

access Cap Pad Scroll 

indicator lock lock lock 



Power Modular option bay access 
indicator indicator (CD-ROM / 
Floppy disk drive 

System indicator LEDs 



Color LCD 
display 




EZ Pad Plus 
pointing 
device with 
scroll switch 



Modular option 
bay (CD-ROM or 
Floppy disk drive) 



Battery 
charge 
indicator 




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Power Parallel 
connector port 

Back ports panel 



Docking 
station port 



Serial 
port 



VGA Composite 
port video out 




Fast I R PS/2 port 
port 



Right side ports 



Kensington Speaker out/ 
lock Headphone jack 






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USB PC Card 
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Volume 
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Left side ports and PC Card slots 



Chapter 1: Checking Out Your System 9 



Battery 
bay 

release 
latch 



Battery 
bay 




dular 


Memory 


Hard 


ion bay 


bay 


drive 


Base latch 




bay 



Bottom release latches and memory bay 



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Getting Started 



Contents 

Getting Started 12 

Connecting AC power 12 

Powering up your notebook 13 

LCD Display 15 

Keyboard 16 

EZ Pad Plus Pointing Device 22 

Windows 95 23 




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^ Caution! 

Replace the power cord if it 
becomes damaged. The 
replacement cord must be 
of the same type and 
voltage rating as the 
original cord. 



Getting Started 



The best way to get familiar with your new notebook is to start exploring. This 
chapter tells you some of the things you may want to know first such as How do I 
turn it on?, What do those lights mean?, and Where do I find out more? 

To do that exploring, you will need power - the power that comes from either the 
electrical outlet (AC power) or from the battery. We suggest that you use the AC 
power first to allow your battery to get a full charge. Sometimes software 
applications will act strangely if the battery charge is low. 



Connecting AC power 



Your notebook is powered by one of the longest-lasting batteries available and was 
shipped to you partially charged, ready to use. You might, however, want to use the 
AC adapter to fully charge the battery and provide a constant supply of power 
while you are checking out some of the features. Your AC adapter comes as two 
parts: a power cord with a plug at one end and a flat connector at the other; and a 
cord with the adapter "block." Connect the flat end of the cord to the adapter block, 
connect the post end of the cord to your notebook, and then the wall plug. 



To connect the AC adapter 



1 . Connect the power cord to the AC adapter ' 'block' ' . 




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2. Plug the AC adapter into your notebook's power connector, located at the 
back of your notebook near the right side. 




3. Plug the power cord into an electrical outlet. 

Powering up your notebook 

Press in on the latch on the front face of your notebook to release the Liquid Crystal 
Display (LCD) lid, and lift to open. To turn on your notebook, press the power 
button, located in the upper right corner above the keyboard. 

The power button on your system is preset in On/Off mode. However, you can set it 
to function either in On/Off or Suspend/Resume mode using the setup screens (see 
"Power menu" on page 57). 




A Warning! 

Do not attempt to 
disassemble the AC 
adapter. The AC adapter 
has no user-replaceable or 
user-serviceable parts 
inside. The AC adapter 
controls dangerous 
voltages that can cause 
serious personal injury or 
death. Contact Gateway 
about returning defective 
AC adapters. 



Chapter 2: Getting Started 1 3 



System Status Indicators (LEDs) 

The notebook status and various system modes are indicated by the system 
indicators. Following is a description of the indicators and what each means. 








Hard disk drive 








Battery 


access 


Cap 


Pad 


Scroll 


charge 


indicator 


lock 


lock 


lock 


indicator 




Power Modular option bay access 
indicator indicator (CD-ROM / 
Floppy disk drive 

Hard disk drive access light indicates that the hard drive is in use. 

Cap lock indicates that the caps lock is on. When the caps lock light is on, you 
type in all capital letters. 

Pad lock indicates that the pad lock is on. When the pad lock light is on, you 
can access the embedded numeric keypad. 

Scroll lock indicates that the scroll lock is on. When the scroll lock light is on, 
you can scroll through large volumes of text in some programs. 

Battery charge indicator has four modes of indication: 

• Green LED indicates the battery is fully charged 

• Yellow LED indicates the battery is charging 

• Red LED indicates a battery charging circuit malfunction 

• LED off indicates the AC adapter is not connected to the notebook 

Power LED indicates that the system is on; the power indicator LED glows 
green if the CPU is being actively utilized, yellow CPU if utilization is low, 
and red if there is a problem with the processor. A red LED is highly unusual; 
if it remains red after rebooting the system, contact technical support. 

Modular option bay access indicator (CD-ROM or Floppy disk drive) 

indicates that the CD-ROM or the floppy drive is in use. 



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LCD Display 



Your notebook features a built-in, backlit, color Liquid Crystal Display (LCD). 
Each XGA display provides sharp, crisp resolution with an anti-glare screen. 




Tilt your notebook's cover forward or backward to adjust the viewing angle. Press 
the <Fn> key together with the <Up Arrow> or <Down Arrow> keys to control 
display brightness. 



^ Note: 

Some screens may have a 
small number of colored 
dots when viewed in the 
"Black" mode. This is 
normal and does not affect 
the overall screen image. 



Chapter 2: Getting Started 1 5 



Keyboard 



Your notebook features a full-size keyboard. To provide the full functionality of a 
desktop computer keyboard, many of these keys have been assigned alternate 
functions, including shortcut keys for Windows 95 and Status Display menus. 




- Fn keys for 
function key 
combination 



Function keys 



For normal key functions: 

Press the key alone to get standard lower case letters, numerals and 
punctuation marks. 

Press the key together with the <Shift> key to get standard upper case letters 
and symbols. 



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Special keys 



The following keys help you accomplish shortcuts when working with some 
software: 



Key Description 






Will print the screen if an external printer is con- 
nected to your notebook (DOS only). In Windows 
95 this key combination puts the screen content 
into the clipboard. You can then paste it into a 
program such as Paint to display or print it. 




PrtScrn 










System Request is reserved for certain applica- 
tions such as some DOS programs. 




SysRq 














Some software use these keys to help you 
quickly navigate through the software, docu- 
ments or other functions. Reference the software 
manual to determine how the keys function with 
the software. 




Home 




PgUp 












End 




PgDn 














Use this key to display the Windows Start menu. 




m 










Use this key to provide quick access to shortcut 
menus and help assistants in Windows. 




S 











Chapter 2: Getting Started 1 7 



Function keys 

Press the <Fn> key together with one of the following keys (with blue letters) to get 
these specific functions: 



Key Combination Description 




Fn 
















Displays the power status display for the Popup 
Status Display program in the upper left corner of 
the desktop. Press the key combination again to 
make the display disappear. 




F2 

Status 










Toggles between the LCD display, external moni- 
tor, both displays at the same time, or NTSC/PAL 
as the active display. 




F3 

LCD/CRT 










Places the system in Standby mode. Press any 
button or key on the keyboard to resume using 
your notebook. 




F4 

Standby 










Places the system in Suspend mode. Press the 
power button to resume power to the notebook. 




F5 

Suspend 






Makes temporary changes to the power manage- 
ment (PM) mode settings by toggling the settings 
from Savings, Perform, Disabled, and Custom. 
The changed setting is displayed each time the 
button is pressed. To view the settings without 
changes, use the Fn+F2 combination. After 
about 30 seconds, the display disappears. 




F6 

Pwr 
Mgmt 






Enables the Pad Lock function, so you can 
access the embedded numeric keypad. The Pad 
Lock LED stays lit while this function is enabled. 
Press the key combination again to make the dis- 
play disappear. 




F9 

Pad 
Lock 






In some programs you can scroll through large 
volumes of text. The Scroll Lock LED stays lit as 
long as this function is enabled. 




FIO 
Scroll 
Lock 









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Key Combination Description 






Fn 
















In some programs this key combination pauses 
the display when text is scrolling very quickly. 
Press any key to restart the text flow. 




Fll 
Pause 










In some programs this key combination breaks 
the text. 




F12 
Break 






Increases LCD brightness when the key combi- 
nation is pressed repeatedly. 




n 










Decreases LCD brightness when the key combi- 
nation is pressed repeatedly. 








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Chapter 2: Getting Started 1 9 



Pad Lock Keys 

Press the <Fn> and <Pad Lock> keys together, together with one of the following 
keys to activate the numeric keypad: 



Key Combination Description 




Fn n 


: 9 

Pad 1 
Lock | 
















Pressing the 7 key produces a 7 when the Pad 
Lock function is enabled. 




& 

7 7 
















Pressing the 8 key produces an 8 when the Pad 
Lock function is enabled. 




* 

8 8 
















Pressing the 9 key produces a 9 when the Pad 
Lock function is enabled. 




( 

9 9 
















Pressing the key produces a / when the Pad 
Lock function is enabled. 




) 

/ 
















Pressing the U key produces a 4 when the Pad 
Lock function is enabled. 




U 

4 
















Pressing the 1 key produces a 5 when the Pad 
Lock function is enabled. 




1 

5 
















Pressing the key produces a 6 when the Pad 
Lock function is enabled. 




o 

6 
















Pressing the P key produces an * when the Pad 
Lock function is enabled. 




P 

* 













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Key Combination Description 






Fn 


F9 

Pad 
Lock 
















N 


Pressing the J key produces a 1 when the Pad 
Lock function is enabled. 




J 

i 










Pressing the K key produces a 2 when the Pad 
Lock function is enabled. 




K 












Pressing the L key produces a 3 when the Pad 
Lock function is enabled. 




L 

3 










N 


Pressing the ; key produces a - when the Pad 
Lock function is enabled. 




; - 












Pressing the M key produces a when the Pad 
Lock function is enabled. 




M 

c 










Pressing the / key produces a + when the Pad 
Lock function is enabled. 




? 

/ + 










' 


Pressing the . key produces a . when the Pad 
Lock function is enabled. 




> 















Chapter 2: Getting Started 2 1 



^ Caution! 

Do not use a pen or pencil, 
only your fingertip, on the 
EZ Pad Plus pad. 



EZ Pad Plus Pointing Device 

Like a mouse, the EZ Pad Plus pointing device controls the movements of the cursor 
on the screen. Press a finger lightly against the pad, then slide it in the direction you 
want the cursor to move. Use the buttons or tap on the pad to select something. 




EZ Pad Plus 



Touchpad 
buttons 



Rocker 
switch 



You can use the EZ Pad Plus rocker switch while using some Microsoft programs 
(e.g. Word, Excel, Internet Explorer) to scroll through a document in addition to the 
traditional point and click: 

To scroll: 

Press forward or backward on the rocker switch to scroll through documents, 
similar to using traditional scroll bars. 

To click: 

Position the cursor on the item and press the left button once. 
or 

Position the cursor on the item and tap on the pad once. 

To double-click: 

Position the cursor on the item and press the left button twice. 
or 

Position the cursor on the item and tap on the pad twice. 



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To drag and drop: 

Position the cursor on the item and hold down the left button while sliding 
your ringer to reposition the cursor, then release the button. 
or 

Position the cursor on the item and tap on the pad twice; after the second tap, 
hold and slide (without lifting your finger) to reposition the cursor, then lift 
your finger to release. 



Customizing the EZ Pad Plus 

You can customize the EZ Pad Plus to work the way you want when you set button 
configuration, drag, edge motion, or cursor's speed, rate, and size. 



To customize the EZ Pad Plus 



1 . Click on Start, Settings and Control Panel. Double-click on the Mouse 
icon. 

2. Click on each of the different tabs to see the options available. 

You also can attach an external mouse to the notebook through the PS/2 port on the 
right side of the notebook or the USB ports if the mouse is USB compatible. The 
optional docking station solutions also offer ports for external mouse connections. 
It is not necessary to shut down the system when connecting an external mouse. To 
use some external pointing devices, you may need to disable the EZ Pad Plus. 

Windows 95 

Your notebook is pre-loaded with the Windows 95 operating system software and 
other programs that you ordered. Once you turn on your system, the Welcome to 
Windows 95 screen appears on the display. 



Chapter 2: Getting Started 23 



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This screen provides a Windows tour, information about what's new, the 
opportunity to register your software online, information about Windows products 
and useful tips. 

Click the Windows Tour button to start a brief tour of the operating system. This 
tour provides information on starting a program, exploring your disk, finding a file, 
switching windows, and using Help. Click on the button next to the topic that you 
are interested in, then follow the screen prompts. If you have any questions about 
the instructions, click on the Show Me button. Click on the Exit button and 
follow any screen prompts (when you are finished). 

Click on What's New for information more experienced users might find useful. 
This screen gives an overview of changes between earlier versions of Windows and 
Windows 95. Click on the box next to the topic you are interested in. Click on the X 
in the upper right corner of the window to close the screen. 

Click on the Online Registration button to register your software using a toll- 
free number. You will need a modem to access this option. 

Click on Product Catalog to see what other Windows options are available for 
purchase. You must load the Windows 95 CD-ROM in the CD-ROM module to 
access this option. 

Clicking Next Tip provides operational tips, which are displayed in the Did you 
know... section of the Welcome to Windows 95 screen. 

Click on either the Close button, or the X in the upper right corner of the 
Welcome screen to close it, and start using Windows 95. 



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Start button 

The Start button is located in the bottom left corner of the Windows 95 desktop 
and accesses the Start menu. Most programs and applications are launched via the 
Start menu. To access the menu, click on the Start button or press one of 
the ;pgj] keys, located on either side of the Alt keys next to the spacebar. 



Taskbar 

The taskbar is located along the bottom of the Windows 95 desktop. The task bar 
contains the start button in the left corner and displays all active/running programs. 
If a program has been minimized, click on the program name in the taskbar to 
restore it. 



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If you need additional help: 

If you have additional questions, check the online documentation or a printed 
manual. For online documentation, check the Help option in each software 
package. The Windows 95 manual you received with your notebook is a reference 
for Windows 95 questions. 

If you purchased your notebook in the US, you can order other printed manuals at 
an additional cost through the Document Offer Program. Order forms are included 
in the information pack that came with your system software CDs. 



Chapter 2: Getting Started 25 



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Using Your 
System 

Contents 

Using Your System 28 

Battery Pack Bay 28 

Option Bay 30 

Swapping modules 31 

External Floppy Disk Drive 32 

Removing and replacing the hard drive 32 

Playing an Audio CD 35 

Built-in audio features 37 

PC Cards 43 

About CardBus 44 




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A Warning! 

There is a danger of 
explosion if an old, worn- 
out battery is incorrectly 
replaced. Replace only with 
the same or equivalent type 
recommended by the 
manufacturer. Dispose of 
used batteries according to 
the manufacturer's 
instructions included with 
the new battery packaging. 



Using Your System 



Swapping batteries, the CD-ROM module, the floppy disk drive module, hard 
drives, and PC Cards (such as modems) are every-day tasks that are easily 
accomplished on your notebook. This chapter explains how to swap these modules 
and how to use them to play CD-ROMs, make an audio recording, and connect the 
PC Cards. 



Battery Pack Bay 



Battery packs can be "warm-swapped" in the battery bay. This means you can 
change battery packs while in Suspend mode. 



To remove the battery pack 



1. Save all work. 



2. Press the <Fn> key together with the <F5> (Suspend) key to put the system 
into suspend mode. 

3. Close the cover and turn your notebook over. 

4. Slide the battery release latch back to release the battery. 




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5. Hold the latch back and lift the battery up out of the battery opening. 




To replace the battery pack 



1 . Place the battery pack into the battery bay, pushing downward until it "snaps" 
into place. 

2. Turn the notebook right side up and open the cover. 

3. Press the power button (quick press and release) to resume power to the 
system. 



Chapter 3: Using Your System 29 



Option Bay 



The Gateway Solo 5 100 Multimedia Notebook features a modular option bay 
located in the front panel of the notebook. This bay accepts the CD-ROM module 
or the floppy disk drive module. 




Modular option bay 



To use CD-ROM and floppy disk drive functions simultaneously, first install the 
modular CD-ROM drive into your notebook. Connect an external floppy drive to 
the parallel port at the back of your notebook using the optional adapter cable. 



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Swapping modules 



The CD-ROM module can be exchanged for the floppy disk drive module in the 
modular option bay. Each time you change them out, however, you must reboot 
your system. 



To switch between C D-RO M and floppy disk drive modules 



1 . Save all work, then follow your operating system's Shut Down procedure 
to turn it off. 

2. Close the cover and turn your notebook over. 

3. Locate the modular bay access latch. Slide the latch open and use the grip 
near the front of the notebook to pull the CD-ROM module out of the 
notebook. 



^^^^^^^^V^ ^^ 




9 Note: 

Be sure to save and exit 
any applications before 
initiating any of the 
following procedures. 



Chapter 3: Using Your System 3 1 



4. Turn your notebook back over and install the floppy disk drive module. 




Firmly push the floppy disk drive module straight into the bay until the latch 
"clicks" into place and is firmly seated. If you don't hear the "click," try it 
again. 



External Floppy Disk Drive 

Your floppy disk drive module can be used as an external drive by using the 
optional adapter cable to connect to the parallel port at the back of your notebook. 
You can then have a CD-ROM in the modular option bay and have the use of the 
floppy disk drive, which normally resides in the modular option bay. It is not 
necessary to reboot the system for it to recognize the connection. 



Removing and replacing the hard drive 

You can remove your notebook's hard disk drive (HDD) from your notebook for 
replacement, or to switch between optional additional hard drives. 



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To remove and replace the hard disk drive 



1. Save all work. 

2. Use your operating system's Shut Down procedure to turn your notebook 
completely off. 

3. Close the LCD lid. 

4. Disconnect the AC power (if plugged in to the notebook) . 

5. Turn your notebook over and locate the hard drive latch. 

6. Unscrew the hard drive retaining screw. 




Chapter 3: Using Your System 33 



7. Gently pry the hard drive latch up and out of the seated position. Slide the 
hard drive forward and lift it out of the hard drive tray. 



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Place the new hard drive into the hard drive tray; slide it back into position so 
that the connector plug is firmly seated into the drive's plug-in. 




Seat the latch down into position and secure with the screw. Then turn your 
notebook back over and reconnect the AC power (if necessary). 



34 Using Your Solo 5100 Multimedia Notebook 



Playing an Audio CD 



Your notebook contains all the key features needed to enjoy your favorite audio 
CDs. 



ToplayanaudioCD 



1 . Make sure the CD-ROM module is installed in the modular option bay. 



Volume 
wheel 




CD-ROM 
module 



Eject 
button 



CD-ROM manual 
release — to eject 
without power 



2. Press the Eject button on the front of the CD-ROM module. 

3. Gently pull the CD-ROM tray fully open and place the audio CD into the 
tray. 

4. Push in the CD-ROM tray until it closes completely. 

5. After a few seconds, the CD-ROM will start playing automatically. 



^ Note: 

Power (either battery or AC) 
must be supplied to your 
notebook before you can 
open the CD-ROM tray. 



^ Note: 

If power is unavailable and 
you need to remove a CD- 
ROM disk, you may 
manually eject the CD- 
ROM tray using a thin 
prodding device such as 
the end of a paperclip 
inserted into the CD-ROM 
manual release hole. 



Chapter 3: Using Your System 35 



Click on the CD Player option that appears in the taskbar along the bottom of 
the display, or click on Start, Programs, Accessories, Multimedia, 

and CD Player to access the CD Player screen. You can change music 
tracks, view playing times, control the volume, set preferences, define a play 
list and even set the system to continuous or random play through the CD 
Player screen. 



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screen to display the function of each button. 



To remove a CD 



1 . Click on the Eject button in the CD Player screen, or press the eject button 
on the front of the CD-ROM drive when you have finished listening. 

2. Gently pull the CD-ROM tray fully open and remove the CD; then close the 
tray. 

Experiment with the different settings in the CD Player screen to find the ones that 
work best for you. 



36 Using Your Solo 5 1 00 Multimedia Notebook 



Built-in audio features 

Speakers and internal microphone 

This system contains a built-in microphone and stereo speakers. 

To control the volume: 

Use the Volume wheel located on the side of your notebook. Rotating it 
towards the back increases the volume while rotating it forward decreases the 
volume. 

Or, click on Start, Settings and Control Panel. Double click on the 
Multimedia icon. You can change the volume from the Audio tab. 

Or, click on the speaker icon in the lower right corner of the taskbar. A volume 
control screen will appear. Using the EZ Pad Plus pad, slide the pointer up or 
down to change the volume setting. Click once anywhere on the Windows 95 
desktop to close the screen. 

Or, double-click on the speaker icon in the lower right corner of the taskbar. A 
more detailed volume control screen will appear, containing volume and 
balance controls for master volume control, wave, CD audio and 3D 
Enhancement settings. Using the EZ Pad Plus pad, slide the pointers to the left 
or right to control balance, or up or down to change the volume setting. 

To adjust the 3D Enhancement settings, first make sure Advanced Controls is 
checked on the Options Menu, then click on the Advanced box to change the 
settings. 

Use the audio ports on the left side of your notebook, or the audio ports on the 
optional docking station to add external speakers, headphones or a microphone. 

Playing a MIDI file 

The notebook has two musical instruments capable of playing back MIDI files. 
These instruments consist of: 

A four-operator EM synthesizer with 16 voices. FM synthesis creates complex 
sounds by mixing simple waveforms; it is a primitive form of synthesis 
included primarily for compatibility with games and entertainment software. 



Chapter 3: Using Your System 37 



9 Note: 

General MIDI is an 
extension of the basic MIDI 
specification that assigns 
specific patch numbers to 
specific instruments. 



A software wavetable synthesizer, which provides much more realistic MIDI 
playback quality using digital samples (recordings) of actual instruments. It 
also includes general MIDI compatibility to ensure proper playback of most 
MIDI files. 

You can choose to use either FM or wavetable synthesis when playing back MIDI 
files. For best sound quality, we recommend the software wavetable synthesizer. 



To select a music synthesizer 



1 . Click on Start, Settings, Control Panel, and double-click on the 
Multimedia icon. The Multimedia Properties control panel appears. 

2. Select the tab labeled "MIDI." The MIDI control panel appears: 



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Select Midi for Internal ESS Software Wavetable if you want the 
software wavetable synthesizer. You can play back most .MID or .RMI MIDI 
files with the Media Player accessory supplied with Windows 95. If you want 
to create and edit MIDI files, consider purchasing a commercially available 
MIDI sequencer software application available from software retailers or 
music stores. 

3. Click on OK when you are finished selecting a music synthesizer. 



38 Using Your Solo 5 1 00 Multimedia Notebook 



To play back a MIDI file 



1. Click on Start, Programs, Accessories, Multimedia, and click on the 
Media Player icon. The Media Player appears on the display. 



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Windows 95 appears; click on the Files Of type drop down box to select 
MIDI Sequencer file types. This will show only MIDI type files. 



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Double-cHck on the file of your choice, then click on the ► (Play) button in 
Media Player. The sequence should begin playing. If you can't hear it, make 
sure that the volume control wheel on the side of the notebook is turned up. 

If you hear a strange rhythmic pattern played by a non-percussion instrument 
when playing back a MIDI file, the percussion instrument channel is 
probably set incorrectly. It is generally accepted that percussion instruments 
should go on MIDI channel 10, and this is the default setting for Windows 95. 
However, you may encounter a MIDI file that plays percussion instruments 
on channel 16 instead. Playing back such a file with the software wavetable 



Chapter 3: Using Your System 39 



synthesizer default channel 10 percussion setting creates bizarre effects, such 
as a snare drum or cymbal part played back on an electric piano, and a bass 
drum on a flute. 



To correct this wavetable synthesizer channel: 



1 . Click the "Advanced" tab in the Multimedia Control Panel to bring up the list 
of multimedia devices installed on your system. Click the + beside MIDI 
Devices and Instruments. 



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40 Using Your Solo 5100 Multimedia Notebook 



4. Click on the Percussion on Channel 1 6 option, click Apply, then click 
on OK. 








5. Try playing the sequence again. This time, the percussion instruments should 
play correctly. 

When you're finished playing this file, be sure to set this control panel option back 
to "General MIDI Instrument," or you'll encounter the same problem when trying 
to play back a normal MIDI file with percussion instruments on MIDI channel 10. 



Playing external MIDI modules or keyboards 

You can use a MIDI sequencer on your notebook to play through external MIDI 
modules or keyboards. To do this, you need one of the optional Solo docking 
solutions that has a MIDI/Game port. You also need a standard MIDI connector 
that converts the Game port connector to standard 5-pin MIDI In and Out 
connectors. The connector is available from various musical instrument retailers. 



Chapter 3: Using Your System 4 1 



9 Note; 

Connecting an external 
microphone will disable the 
built-in microphone. 



Making an Audio Recording 

Use the built-in microphone, or connect an external microphone using the Mic port 
on the left side of your notebook to make an audio recording. 




Mic 



To make an audio recording 



1. Click on Start, Programs, Accessories, Multimedia, then Sound 

Recorder to access the Sound Recorder screen. 

2. Click on Ed it and Audio Properties to set/check record volume levels. 

3. Click on Fi le and New to begin a recording. 

4. Slide the mouse pointer slowly over the control buttons along the bottom of 
the screen to display the function of each button. 

5. Click on the q (Record) button to start recording. 

6. Click on the S (Stop) button to end recording. 

7. Click on F i I e and Save As ... to name and store the recording . 

You can play back the recording in either Sound Recorder, or Media Player. 



To play back the recording in Media P layer 



1. Click on Start, Programs, Accessories, Multimedia, then Media 
Player to access the Media Player screen. 

2. Click on File, then Open.... 

3. Select the file to play back and click the Open button. 



42 Using Your Solo 5100 Multimedia Notebook 



4. Slide the mouse pointer slowly over the control buttons along the bottom of 
the screen to display the function of each button. 

5. Click on the ► (Play) button to start the playback. 

6. Click on the S (Stop) button to end playback. 

PC Cards 

Your notebook's PC Card slots (also known as PCMCIA card slots) are located 
behind the PC Card doors on the left side of your notebook. These slots accept two 
Type II PC Cards or one Type III card. Your notebook is pre-configured to 
automatically accept most PC Cards. 



To insert a PC Card 



1 . Select a PC Card (such as a modem) to insert. 

2. Locate the PC Card slot in which you wish to insert the card. If you are 
installing a Type III PC Card, it must be inserted into the bottom slot. 



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require additional drivers. 
Refer to the PC Card's 
documentation. 



Chapter 3: Using Your System 43 



Slide the card into the chosen slot. The first time you insert a PC Card, follow 
the installation steps in the Windows prompts. When the card is installed 
correctly, your notebook emits a two-toned beep. Operate the device as 
recommended in the PC Card's manual. 




To remove a PC Card 



1 . Click on the PC Card icon in the taskbar. 

2. Using your mouse, click on the card that you want to remove. A screen will 
appear stating when it is safe to remove the PC Card. Click on OK. 

3. If the folding Eject button is in the recessed position, rotate the button to the 
eject position, then press the eject button to remove the card. 

You do not need to reboot your notebook when changing most cards because your 
notebook supports "hot-swapping." This means you can usually insert a PC Card 
and have it recognized by the system without shutting down your notebook or even 
putting it into Suspend mode. See your PC Card's documentation for further 
information. 



About CardBus 

The 32-bit CardBus technology (sometimes referred to as "PC Card 32 cards") 
supports DMA and bus mastering technologies that are useful in performance- 
intensive applications like full-motion video, high speed network connections, full- 
motion video capture and display, and high performance peripheral interfaces. 



44 Using Your Solo 5100 Multimedia Notebook 



While not many 32-bit CardBus cards are on the market yet, you can use them 
interchangeably with 16-bit cards in your notebook. However, please note that 
some docking solutions do not support CardBus. CardBus cards function only in 
your notebook's PC Card slots. 



Using a Modem 

Installing and using a modem with your notebook is usually an easy process. If you 
have ordered a modem with your notebook, the drivers for the modem have already 
been loaded onto your notebook. 

The modem may need different adapters depending upon the country in which it is 
used. The XJACK modem (shown below) is available for purchase only in the 
United States. European customers may purchase a modem with an external DAA. 



To install the TelePath data/fax modem 



1 . Using the 15-pin connector: Plug the 15 -pin connector end of the modem 
cable into the end of the modem. If you have trouble plugging it in, turn the 
connector over. 




Or: (see next page) 



^ Caution! 

Be sure to wait for the "Safe 
to remove" message before 
you remove the CardBus 
card, or you may crash your 
system and lose all your 
work. 



^ Caution! 

Do not use your modem on 
a digital phone line. If you 
attempt to use the modem 
on a digital line, the 
TelePath data/fax modem 
has built-in protection, and 
thus will not work. Other 
modems, however, could be 
ruined. Most digital lines 
are found in hotels or 
businesses with special in- 
house phone systems. 



Chapter 3: Using Your System 45 



Using the XJACK: Gently push on the end of the jack and release. The jack 
will pop out. Plug an RJ-1 1 connector from above into the XJACK. 




2. Insert the modem face up 68-pin connector first, into the PC Card slot in the 
left rear side of the notebook. Press the modem gently, but firmly into the PC 
Card slot until it will go no farther. Do not force the modem. 

3. Plug the jack end of the modem cable into the wall jack. If you are using an 
XJACK modem and need a longer cord for your modem, use an RJ- 1 1 
connector and extension telephone cable. 

4. The modem is now enabled and ready to use. 



46 Using Your Solo 5100 Multimedia Notebook 



+ 



Connecting 
Ports and 
Peripherals 




Contents 



Connecting Ports and Peripherals 48 

Audio connectors 48 

Composite Video Out port (NTSC) 49 

USB (Universal Serial Bus) port 50 

Fast IR port 51 

External computer monitor 52 

External mouse/keyboard 52 

Printers 53 



i i 

+ 



Connecting Ports and Peripherals 

Your notebook has several ports and a variety of hardware connections, allowing 
you to connect to peripheral devices or to other computer systems. The available 
ports include parallel port, serial port, audio connectors, video port, docking station 
port, USB port and the Fast IR port. These allow you to use peripherals such as an 
external monitor, external mouse or keyboard, audio and video equipment, 
electronic keyboards, and printers. 

The ports on the back of your notebook are covered by a two-way door: the hinged 
flap allows access to all the ports. A special sliding panels opening in the hinged 
flap allows access just to the docking station port. 



Audio connectors 

Your notebook comes with four audio connectors on the left side. From the left, the 
ports include the microphone (mic), line in, line out, and speaker out. All audio 
connectors use the standard 1/8" jacks. 




Line in 



Speaker out/ 
Headphone jack 



The microphone port is compatible with monaural electret or dynamic 
microphones. When an external microphone is plugged into this connector, the 
built-in omni-directional microphone is automatically disabled. 

The line in and line out ports are high-impedance audio stereo connectors and are 
intended for use with similar impedance stereo connectors, like those found on 
home stereo systems and components. Use the line in connector to record from 
another computer, stereo equipment or a VCR. The line out jack is not capable of 
driving un-amplified speakers or headphones, but can be used for amplified 
speakers. 



48 Using Your Solo 5100 Multimedia Notebook 



The speaker out jack is a low-impedance amplified stereo audio output and is 
intended for use with headphones, small unamplified speakers or amplified 
speakers. This connector can provide up to .5 Watt RMS per channel into an 8 ohm 
load. 

The volume control wheel on the left side controls the speaker out port and the 
internal speakers. The volume level for the other ports is controlled by the 
multimedia software. To access that control panel, click on Start, Settings and 
Control Panel. Double click on the Multimedia icon. You can change the 
volume from the Audio tab. 



Composite Video Out port (NTSC) 

The Composite Video (NTSC) Out port (color coded yellow) allows you to display 
your notebook's screen on a TV screen by connecting the notebook to the TV or 
VCR using a standard video connecting cable. This option is typically used with 
large-screen TVs to give demonstrations and presentations. 




Composite 
video out 



To connect the notebook and TV, plug one end of the cable into the Composite 
Video Out jack on your notebook and the other end into the Video In connector on 
your television or VCR. 

To view the new display, use the key combinationFn+F3 to switch to NTSC/PAL. 
You should see the display on the TV screen only. If the display is distorted, check 
to see if the BIOS setting is correct for NTSC or PAL (NTSC is primarily used in 
the United States). 

For optimal usage, set the notebook's display to 640 by 480 pixels. Because a TV 
screen's display is of a lower resolution, large fonts should be selected to maximize 
on-screen viewing effectiveness. 



Chapter 4: Connecting Ports and Peripherals 49 



Note: 

This section on USB 
drivers applies only if 
you purchased your 
notebook in the United 
States and have the 
USB drivers on a CD 
rather than on a diskette. 



To change the display resolution 



1 . Click on the Monitor icon on the taskbar. 

2. Select the desired resolution (640 by 480). 

3. Click on Apply, then on OK. 

If the Monitor icon does not appear on your taskbar, right click on the desktop, 
click on Properties and then Settings. Check the box that says "Show settings 
on taskbar." 

USB (Universal Serial Bus) port 

USB is a serial interface that serves as a single-port alternative to connecting 
devices that traditionally have required their own specific ports such as printers, 
joystick/MIDI devices, scanners, an external mouse or keyboard. The USB detects 
when devices are added or removed, then automatically determines what host 
resources are needed. The USB makes those resources, including driver software 
and bus bandwidth, available to the peripheral without any intervention. 




USB ports 



Your notebook has two USB ports where two peripheral devices, such as a 
keyboard or monitor, can plug directly into the notebook. If you have an expansion 
hub built into an external keyboard or monitor, or if you have a stand-alone USB 
box, you can connect even more peripherals (currently up to 127 different devices) 
at the same time. 

Examples of common devices that connect to the USB (but must be USB 
compatible) include keyboards, joysticks, mice and peripherals such as telephones, 
modems, printers, microphones, digital speakers, scanners, digital cameras and 
game controllers. 



50 Using Your Solo 5100 Multimedia Notebook 



Your notebook shipped with the USB ports enabled, however, you must load the 
peripheral's drivers according to instructions from the USB device manufacturer. 



Fast IR port 



The Fast IR (infrared) port built in your notebook and a transfer module (optional) 
use infrared technology to send signals between the notebook and a remote system. 
The IR port is located on the right side of your notebook. It can send as well as 
receive signals. A variety of desktop computers, printers and other peripherals are 
IR-compatible. 




Fast IR port 



Placing your notebook's IR port within about three feet (or one meter) of another 
unit's IR port (and using transfer software) allows you to send to or receive 
information from that remote desktop computer, printer or other peripheral. 

The optional transfer module (receiver/transmitter) must be placed no farther away 
than about three feet (or one meter), with the module's IR port directly facing your 
notebook's IR port. The other end connects to the remote system's serial port. 

Your notebook is shipped with the Fast IR port; however, it must be enabled before 
using. 



Using the Fast IR Port 

To use the Fast IR Port option, first check in the Control Panel for the Infrared icon. 
If you don't see the icon, infrared support needs to be installed. 

In Windows 95, double click on the Infrared icon in the Control Panel to get to the 
Infrared Monitor window. Click on the Options tab (with Infrared enabled) to 
make changes. 

Windows 95 creates two virtual ports that IR devices use: usually LPT3 for printers 
and COM4 for serial transfers. This can be verified by checking the settings in the 
Infrared Monitor program. If you wish to install an IR printer, make sure it is set up 



Chapter 4: Connecting Ports and Peripherals 5 1 



on the LPT3 port. To transfer files, use serial or wireless transfers on COM4. If fast 
IR drivers are installed but you are having communication problems, try changing 
the "Limit connection speed to" setting to 1 15.2kps. 



External computer monitor 



Connect an external computer monitor to your notebook through the VGA port on 
the back of your notebook or the VGA port on the optional mini-docking station. 
Press the Fn key with the F3 (LCD/CRT) key to toggle between active displays. 
Depending upon the external monitor, you might have to lower the video resolution 
to 640 X 480, toggle the video to the external monitor only, or do both. 




Parallel port 



VGA port 



External mouse/keyboard 



Connect an external mouse or keyboard through the PS/2 port on the right side of 
your notebook, or the PS/2 (keyboard) port on the optional docking station 
solution. It is not necessary to reboot your system. If the mouse or keyboard are 
USB compatible and the USB drivers are loaded, they can be connected using the 
USB ports. 




PS/2 port 



52 Using Your Solo 5100 Multimedia Notebook 



Printers 

Windows 95 allows you to connect to most brand name printers. After you connect 
the printer cable to the appropriate port (parallel or USB) on your notebook, you 
need to set it up using the Add Printer Wizard. 



To add a printer 



1. Click Start, Settings, then Printers. 

2. Double-click on the Add Pr i nter icon, then follow the instructions from the 
Add Printer Wizard. 



Chapter 4: Connecting Ports and Peripherals 53 



54 Using Your Solo 5100 Multimedia Notebook 



+ 



Managing 

Power 

Consumption 

Contents 

Managing Power Consumption 56 

Batteries 56 

Power menu 57 




+ 



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Managing Power Consumption 

A battery-powered session for your notebook is affected by many things such as 
using screen savers rather than the suspend function, or playing music CD-ROMs 
while using a word processor. If there is no AC power outlet nearby, you will want 
to make the battery-powered session last as long as possible. This chapter tells you 
how to extend the battery-powered session time by using the following tips or by 
changing the power settings in the Power menu. 

Some quick tips about conserving battery power include: 

If you tend to startup and shutdown several times on one battery charge, use 
Suspend instead. Using Resume instead of starting up takes less power. 

O Remove PC Cards when not in use. 

O Set battery for maximum battery performance in Settings (see discussion 
below). 

Dim the display as low as is comfortable. 



Batteries 

The battery must be installed in the notebook and connected to an AC power 
source to charge completely. The battery will charge if your notebook is operating 
as long as the AC adapter is properly connected. The notebook can run on a fully 
charged battery for about two hours of normal use before the battery needs 
recharging. 



Battery status 

You can check the battery status using any of several ways. 

O Position the cursor over the power cord (AC) or battery icon in the lower right 
corner of the taskbar. A battery status screen will appear. Moving the cursor 
anywhere on the display causes the screen to disappear. 

Or, click twice on the power cord or battery icon in the lower right corner of 
the taskbar. A more detailed battery status screen will appear. Click on the X in 
the upper right corner of the screen to close it. 



56 Using Your Solo 5100 Multimedia Notebook 



Or, click on Start, Settings and Control Panel. Double click on the 
Power icon. You can view the battery status and set power preferences from 
this screen, which stay in effect until they are changed in Windows. Click on 
the X in the upper right corner of the screen to close it. 

Or, press the <Fn> key together with the <F2> (Status) key. The power status 
display appears in the upper left corner of the display. This display monitors 
battery status and power management selection. BAT1 monitors the status of 
the battery pack in the battery bay. Press the <Fn> and the <F2> (Status) keys 
again to make the display disappear. 

When the battery power level gets low: 

The system emits three beeps. 

The battery icon in the lower right of the taskbar has a red "X" over it. 

The Low Battery screen appears, advising you to change your battery or 
switch to AC power immediately to prevent losing your work. 

Connect the AC adapter to the notebook to recharge the battery. 



Power menu 

The Power menu is a part of the BIOS Setup Utility that contains the power 
management settings and system timeouts. These settings are stored and saved 
even when the power is off. Use the Power menu to make changes to the system to 
improve the battery-powered session time and performance. The rest of the BIOS 
Setup Utility screens are discussed in Maintaining and Troubleshooting Your Solo 
Notebook. 

The Power menu screen shown may differ somewhat from that shown here as you 
may have a newer BIOS than described here. The screens will be similar enough to 
get the information you need; if there are differences, follow the on-screen 
instructions and helps. 



To access the Power Setup menu 



1 . Power up your notebook. 

2. Press the <F2> key when prompted to do so. The "Entering Setup..." 
message briefly shows and then the Main menu appears. 



Chapter 5: Managing Power Consumption 57 



9 Note: 

The Power menu screen 
shown may differ somewhat 
from that shown here. If 
there are differences, follow 
the on-screen instructions 
and helps. 



Use the Arrow right key to navigate to the Power menu. Use the keys 
identified at the bottom of the screen to navigate through the different 
options. An Item Specific Help bar providing additional information is also 
located along the right side of each menu. 



PhoenixBIOS Setup Utility 


Main Advanced Security Power Boot Exit 




Item Specific Help 


Power Switch: [On/Off] 




Lid Switch: [Suspend] 




Low Battery Beep: [Enabled] 




Cooling Control: [Performance] 




Suspend Mode: [Suspend] 




Auto Save To Disk: [Off] 




>AC Mode Power Savings 




>DC Mode Power Savings 




Resume On Time: [Off] 




Resume Time: [00:00:00] 




Resume on Modem Ring: [Off] 




Fl Help Ti Select Item -/+ Change Values F9 Setup Default 


ESC Exits < — > Select Menu Enter Select > Sub-Menu F 10 Save and Exit 



The settings you are most likely to change include: 

Power switch: Sets power switch functionality; when you press the power button, 
the system can be set to either shut down or suspend. Press the <Spacebar> to 
select On/Off or Suspend/Resume. 

Lid switch: Sets lid switch functionality; when you close the LCD panel the 
system can be set to either shut down or suspend. Press the <Spacebar> to select 
On/Off or Suspend/Resume. 

Cooling Control: Selecting Performance makes the fan come on at a lower 
temperature and leaves the CPU running at full speed (the system is noisier but has 
better performance). Selecting Silence keeps the fan from coming on, but as the 
temperature starts to rise, the CPU speed slows down. Use the <Spacebar> to select 
Performance or Silence. 

Or the sub-menus: 

AC Mode Power Savings or DC Mode Power Savings. Both settings allow you 

to choose between Maximum Performance, Maximum Power Savings, or 

Customized settings. Customized allows you to change the timeout settings 
depending on whether you are using the AC adapter or battery (DC) power. 



58 Using Your Solo 5100 Multimedia Notebook 



Power button (switch) settings 

When the power switch setting in the Power (BIOS Setup) menu is On/Off and 
your notebook is: 

Off, press the power button to turn your notebook on. 

on, press the power button to turn your notebook completely off. 

When the power switch setting in the Power menu is Suspend/Resume and your 
notebook is: 

Off (or in S U S pe n d mode), press the power button to resume power to 
your notebook. 

on, press the power button to cause your notebook to enter Suspend mode. 

Press and hold the power button for about four seconds to turn your notebook 
completely Off. 



To change the power button setting 



1 . Power up your notebook. 

2. Press the <F2> key when prompted to do so. The "Entering Setup..." 
message briefly shows and then the Main menu appears. 

3. Using the <Right Arrow> key, move to the Power menu. 

4. The first available option is Power Switch: . If the setting displayed is the one 
you want, go to Step 6. 

5. Press the <Spacebar> to change the setting. 

6. Press the <Esc> key to access the Exit menu. 

Press <Enter> to Save changes and exit, then press <Enter> or use the <Down Arrow> 
key to select any other option. 



^ Note: 

Turning your notebook 
completely off when the 
power button is set for On/ 
Off mode causes every part 
of your notebook to turn off. 
Any unsaved work will be 
lost! Pressing the power 
button will reboot your 
notebook. 



^ Caution! 

Any unsaved work can be 
lost if you hold the power 
button down for too long. 



Chapter 5: Managing Power Consumption 59 



^ Note: 

These changes in power 
management levels are 
temporary and do not affect 
the power settings in the 
BIOS Setup screens. The 
changes are only in effect 
until the system is rebooted 
or powered off, then the 
original BIOS power 
settings are restored. 



Status Display 

The Status menu displays appear in the upper left corner of the screen, and 
disappear after about 30 seconds of inactivity. 

Status menus: 
O Power status display 
O Contrast meter 
Brightness meter 

Power status display: This display appears when you press the <Fn> key together 
with the <F2> (Status) key. It shows current battery status, power management 
level, BIOS and keyboard controller version. The display is updated when you 
change any function choice. 

The AC power status is monitored on the first line. Battery status is displayed on 
the second line and is displayed as a percentage where 100% represents a fully 
charged battery. 

The power management levels are displayed in the third and fourth lines. You can 
toggle between levels by pressing the, <Fn> key together with the <F6> (Pwr 
Mgmt) key. 

The fifth and sixth lines display the version numbers of the system ROM and 
keyboard controller. 

Brightness meter: This meter shows the brightness level for the LCD display. 
Press the <Fn> key and tap the <Up Arrow> or <Down Arrow> key to increase or 
decrease the brightness level in single increments. 



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Contents 

Docking Solutions 62 

Gateway Solo mini-docking station 62 

Gateway Solo docking station 63 



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^ Note: 

For more information on 
this or other Gateway 
solutions for your notebook, 
call 1(800) 846-2000. 



Docking Solutions 

Gateway Solo mini-docking station 

The optional mini-docking station, or port replicator, duplicates many of the 
connectors and ports found on your notebook. It also provides other options such 
as a MIDI/game port, two additional PC Card slots, and an extra PS/2 port. 
Peripheral devices such as an external keyboard, mouse, or joystick connect to the 
mini-docking station, which then is connected to your notebook. 




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Gateway Solo docking station 

The Gateway Solo docking station is a full-featured expansion unit designed to 
meet the needs of mobile users who require the modularity and functionality of a 
desktop system without compromise. 




The docking station's key features include two dual expansion slots (PCI or ISA), 
one internal 3.5" bay, one external 5.25" half-height bay and one modular option 
bay that house the floppy disk drive module from the Gateway Solo multimedia 
notebooks. It also includes one Type II and one Type III (or two Type II) PC Card 
slots, built-in stereo speakers and a removable monitor stand. 

Other features are the MIDI/game port and the two PS/2 ports that allow you to 
attach peripheral devices such as an external keyboard, mouse, or joystick to the 
docking station. Once you connect the peripherals, you can leave them attached for 
the next time you need them. 



^ Note: 

For more information on 
this or other Gateway 
solutions for your notebook, 
call 1(800)846-2000. 



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Contents 

Contacting Gateway 66 

Calling Gateway 66 

Calling Gateway when outside the U.S 66 



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9 Note; 

Your Customer ID number 
and order number can be 
found on your invoice; the 
serial number can be found 
on the bottom of your 
notebook. 



Contacting Gateway 



If you experience any trouble while using your Gateway Solo Multimedia Notebook, feel 
free to contact Gateway. You will need to supply your Customer ID, serial number, and 
order number to the customer support technicians. Make a note of these numbers here. 

If your computer is ever stolen, be sure to contact your local police and a Gateway 
representative at once. We can put a note on the account, so that if anyone calls in 
using the serial number for your notebook we can contact you immediately. 

Customer ID: 



Serial Number: 



Order Number: 



Calling Gateway 



Gateway offers a wide range of customer service, technical support and 
information services. If you have questions or problems, contact the Gateway 
service that is most appropriate for your needs: 



Assistance 
resources 


How to reach 


Information 
available 


Sales & Customer 
Support 


800-846-2000 


Information about sys- 
tems, pricing, orders, bill- 
ing statements, warranty 
service and other non- 
technical issues. 


Portables Technical 
Support: 

Toll free from the US 
Toll free from Canada 


800-846-2302 
800-846-3609 


Call this number if you 
have a problem with hard- 
ware or software. 


World Wide Web: 

US and Canada 
UK 


http://www.gateway.com 
http://www.gateway.co.uk 


Modem required. The 
Gateway Web site con- 
tains a variety of informa- 
tion about Gateway. 



Calling Gateway when outside the U.S. 

Please refer to your Gateway Warranty Booklet for information and the contact 
numbers for Gateway outside the U.S. 



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Index 

Numerics 

15-pin connector 45 

A 

AC adapter 12 

AC Mode Power Savings 58 

AC power 

connecting 12 
Active display 52 
Add Printer Wizard 53 
Arrow Down key 19 
Arrow Up key 19 
Assistance resources 66 
Audio 

FM synthesis 38 

playback 42 

recording 42 

volume 35 

wavetable synthesis 38 

wavetable synthesizer 40 
Audio CD 35 
Audio connectors 48 
Audio features 37 
Audio in 48 
Audio out 48 
Audio Ports 8 
Auto scrolling 22 

B 

Back ports panel 9 
Batteries 56 

conserving power 56 

replacing 28 

swapping 28 
Battery bay 10 

release latch 10 
Battery charge indicator 8, 14 
Battery status screen 56 
Break key 19 
Brightness 



display 15, 19 
Brightness meter 60 
Built-in audio features 37 



Calling Gateway 66 

Calling Gateway from outside the U.S. 

66 
Caps lock 8, 14 
CardBus 44 
CD Player 36 
CD-ROM 

eject button 35 

LED 8, 14 

manual release 35 

module 30, 35 

option bay 8 

playing an audio CD 35 

volume 9, 35 
Changing the display resolution 50 
Changing the power button setting 59 
Checking out your system 8 
Clicking 23 
Composite video out 9 
Composite video out port (NTSC) 49 
Connecting 

to ports and peripherals 48 
Connecting AC power 12 
Connectors 

audio 48 

power 9 
Conserving battery life 56 
Contacting Gateway 66 
Contrast meter 60 
Cooling control 58 
Correcting wavetable synthesizer 

channel 40 
Customer ID 66 
Customizing the EZ Pad Plus 24 



Index 67 



D 


module 30 


DC Mode Power Savings 58 


option bay 8 


Display 8 


FM synthesis 38 


active 52 


Function keys 


pause 19 


F10 18 


resolution 50 


Fll 19 


toggle 18 


F12 19 


Docking solutions 


F2 18 


docking station 63 


F3 18 


mini-docking station 62 


F4 18 


Docking station port 9 


F5 18 


Document magnification 23 


F6 18 


Double-clicking 23 


F9 18 


Drag and drop 23 


PrtScrn 17 


E 


G 


Eject button 35 


Gateway 


External computer monitor 52 


contacting 66 


External Floppy Drive 32 




External keyboard 52 


H 


External mic 48 


Hard disk drive 


External monitor 18 


access indicator 8, 14 


External mouse 52 


bay 10 


External speakers 48 


removing 32 


EZ Pad Plus 


replacing 32 


buttons 22 


Headphone 


clicking 23 


volume 9 


customizing 24 


Headphone jack 9, 48 


navigating 23 


http 


pointing device 8, 22 


//www.gateway.co.uk 66 


scrolling 22 


//www.gateway.com (US site) 66 


zooming 23 


1 


F 


Indicators 


Fan 


system status 14 


performance 58 


Inserting 43 


silence 58 


Installing PC Cards 43 


Fast IR port 9, 51 


Installing TelePath data/fax modem 45 


Fax/modem 


Instrument channel 


installing 45 


changing for MIDI files 39 


Floppy disk drive 


Internal microphone 37 


external 32 


J 


LED 8, 14 




Jack 



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headphone 9, 48 
speaker out 9 

K 

Kensington lock 9 
Keyboard 8, 16 

L 
LCD 

battery 8, 14 

brightness 15, 19 

display toggle 18 
LCD color display 8 
LED 

hard drive 8, 14 

indicators 14 

modular option bay 8,14 

power indicator 8,14 

system 8 
Lid switch 

on/off 58 

suspend/resume 58 
Line in 9, 48 
Line out 9, 48 
Lock 

cap 8, 14 

Kensington 9 

pad 8, 14 

scroll 8, 14 

M 

Making an Audio Recording 42 
Managing power consumption 56 
Manual eject 

CD-ROM 35 
Media Player 42 
Memory 

bay 10 
Mic 9, 42, 48 

internal 37 
MIDI file 

changing instrument channels 39 
Midi file 

playing 37 



Mini-docking station 62 
Mode 

on/off 13 

suspend/resume 13 
Modular option bay 8, 30 

access indicator 14 

release latch 10 
Module 

CD-ROM 30 

floppy disk drive 30 
Monitor 

external 52 
Mouse 

external 52 
Mouse pad 8, 22 

rocker switch 22 

N 

Navigating 23 
NTSC out 49 
NTSC/Palout 18 
numeric keypad 20 

o 

On/off mode 58 
Online documentation 26 
Online Registration 25 
Option Bay 30 
Order Number 66 



Pad lock 8, 14, 18 
keys 20 

PAL out 49 

Parallel 9 

Parallel port 9, 52 

PC Card 43 

eject buttons 9 
Installing 43 
PC 32 cards 44 
slots 8, 9 

PC Cards 

removing 44 



Index 69 



PCMCIA 

card slots 8, 9 
PCMCIA cards 43 

see PC Card 
Performance 58 
Playing a MIDI file 37 
Playing an Audio CD 35 
Playing back a MIDI file 39 
Playing back recording 42 
Port 

audio 8 

connecting to 48 

docking station 9 

fastIR9, 51 

parallel 9 

PS/2 9, 52 

serial 9 

USB 8, 9, 50 

VGA 9 
Portables technical support 66 
Power 

cooling control 58 

managing consuption 56 

on/off mode 13 

status display 18 

suspend/resume mode 13 
Power button 8, 13 
Power button mode 58 
Power button settings 59 
Power connector 9 
Power indicator 8, 14 
Power management 

customized 58 

maximum performance 58 

maximum power savings 58 
Power management modes 18 
Power menu 57, 59 
Power off from suspend mode 59 
Power status display 57, 60 
Powering up your notebook 13 
Print screen 17 
Printer 

adding 53 



Product Catalog 25 
PS/2 port 9, 52 

R 

Recording 

audio 42 
Release latch 

Modular option bay 10 
Removing PC Cards 44 
Removing the battery pack 28 
Removing the hard disk drive 33 
Replacing the battery pack 28 
Replacing the hard disk drive 32 
RJ-11 connector 46 
Rocker switch 22 



Sales & Customer Support 66 

Screen capture 17 

Scroll lock 8, 14, 18 

Selecting a music synthesizer 38 

Serial number 66 

Serial port 9 

Setup menus 

Power 57 
Show me button 25 
Silence 58 
Speaker 

volume 9 
Speaker out 48 

Speaker out/headphone jack 9 
Speakers 37 

external 48 
Standby mode 18 
Start button 25 
Status display 60 
Status menus 60 
Suspend mode 18, 59 

swapping batteries 28 
Suspend/resume 

lid switch 58 

Power button 58 
Swapping batteries 28 
Swapping modules 31 



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Switching CD-ROM and floppy disk 

drive 31 
System indicator 8 
System request 17 
System status 60 
indicators 14 

T 

Taskbar 25 
Technical support 66 
To add a printer 53 
Toggle 

video 49 
Touchpad 22 

u 

Universal Serial Bus 50 

USB ports 9 

Using a modem 45 

Using fast IR port 51 

Using the 15-pin connector 45 

Using the XJACK 46 

Using your system 28 



VGA port 9, 52 
Video 

composite out 9 

NTSC out 9 

resolution 50 

toggle 49 
Video out 49 

display 18 
Video ports 49 
Volume wheel 9, 35 

W 

Wavetable synthesizer 38, 40 
What's New 25 
Windows 95 24 
Windows Tour button 25 

X 

XJACK 46 



Zoomed video card 43 
Zooming 23 



Index 71